During, and especially after, the chaos in Dallas Thursday night, local political and community leaders took to social media to share their reactions.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake reacted as events were still unfolding, making her one of the earlier Maryland officials to do so.
Other leaders, including Gov. Larry Hogan and activist and former mayoral candidate Deray McKesson, offered their prayers for those affected.
"Like all Americans, I am deeply concerned about racial disparities in our criminal justice system and about gun violence in our communities, our schools and our churches," Sen. Barbara Mikulskhi said on Facebook. "Police officers have a difficult job and the vast majority serve in an outstanding and honorable manner."
Below is a compilation of social media reactions that will be updated.
So much hatred & violence in our times. Praying for #Dallas , families of the officers, and all who feel the pain of loss to gun violence.
— Mayor Rawlings-Blake (@MayorSRB) July 8, 2016
The events in Dallas last night are absolutely heartbreaking. Praying for the officers, their families, & all of Dallas. #PrayForDallas
— Rep. Andy Harris, MD (@RepAndyHarrisMD) July 8, 2016
My heart breaks for our communities & for law enforcement. Pray for officers &their families. Violence must not be met by violence. #Dallas
— Rep Donna F Edwards (@repdonnaedwards) July 8, 2016
— Steny Hoyer (@WhipHoyer) July 8, 2016
Horrified and saddened by killing of Dallas officers at a peaceful protest. We must stand against all killings. We are all mourning.
— Wallace D. Loh (@presidentloh) July 8, 2016
— Kwame Rose (@kwamerose) July 8, 2016
Prayers for the victims of all violence tonight.
— deray mckesson (@deray) July 8, 2016
I am horrified by this display of violence & I condemn it with every fiber of my being. I join all Americans in mourning today.
— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) July 8, 2016
— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) July 8, 2016